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Political debate series to conclude Oct. 27

The Western Carolina University Political Debate Series will conclude Thursday, Oct. 27, with the third and final event of the 2016 election season, a session featuring candidates in the N.C. Senate District 50 race.

Incumbent Jim Davis (R-Macon) and opponent Jane Hipps (D-Haywood) will tackle the issues in a debate beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus.

The debate series is sponsored by WCU’s Public Policy Institute and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs. It will be broadcast live online by WLOS-TV on www.wlos.com. The event is open to the public free of charge. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

Debate organizers have been seeking questions from WNC voters to be asked during the debates. Questions relevant to the N.C. Senate District 50 election should be submitted to the Public Policy Institute prior to the event. Questions must be submitted by registered voters in the district, should be emailed to ppi@wcu.edu, and must include the name of the sender and the county of residence.

The series began Sept. 23 with a debate by opponents for the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 – incumbent Mark Meadows (R-Jackson) and challenger Rick Bryson (D-Swain). It continued Oct. 12 with a debate by the candidates in the N.C. House of Representatives District 119 race – incumbent Joe Sam Queen (D-Haywood) and Mike Clampitt (R-Swain).

For more information about the WCU Political Debate Series, contact the Public Policy Institute at 828-227-3898.

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